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Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-7

Where is Jesus?

 

Intro.

1.   People wanted to know where Jesus was, John 7:11; 9:12. Some, to see him for good (John 12:21), others for harm (John 7:32).

2.   Wise men asked Herod, who asked scribes, Matt. 2:1-2.

3.   Let us ask and answer the wise menís question: ďWhere is He who has been born King of the Jews?Ē

 

I.  WHERE WAS JESUS AS A CHILD?

  A.  Born in Bethlehem, Matt. 2:3-6 (Micah 5:2).

      -Manger at birth (Luke 2:7), then in a house (Matt. 2:11).

  B.  Taken to Egypt, Matt. 2:13-15 (Hosea 11:1).

  C.  Hometown of Nazareth, Matt. 2:19-23.

    1.  Doing His Fatherís business, Luke 2:49.

    2.  Subject to His parents and growing up, Luke 2:51-52.

    3.  Became a source of derision and unbelief (John 1:46; 7:41-43).

 

II.  WHERE WAS JESUS DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY?

  A.  Began in Galilee, Matt. 4:12-17.

    1.  Extended to regions east and south, Matt. 4:23-25.

    2.  Extended to the north, Matt. 15:21.

    3.  Outside Jerusalem (Heb. 13:12): Death (Paradise), Resurrection.

    4.  Ascension from Bethany (east of Jerusalem), Luke 24:50-51.

  B.  Now in Heaven at Godís Right Hand, Heb. 1:3.

 

III.  IN HEAVEN PREPARING A PLACE FOR HIS FOLLOWERS, John 14:1-6.

  A.  On His Throne at Godís Right Hand, Acts 2:29-31, 33-36.

  B.  King and High Priest, Psalm 110:1-4 (Zech. 6:12-13).

    1.  King with all authority, Heb. 1:8.

      a.  Builder and Head of His church, Eph. 1:20-23.

      b.  Ruler over friend and foe, Psalm 110:2-3.

    2.  High Priest over house of God, Heb. 3:1; 8:1-2; 10:10-14.

    3.  Mediator of new covenant, Heb. 9:15 (Isa. 2:3).

    4.  Intercessor for Christians, Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25.

 

IV. JESUS IS IN THE MIDST OF THE CHURCHES, Rev. 1:11-13, 20.

  A.  He Knows the Churches, Rev. 2:2 (2:9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15).

  B.  He Commands, Warns, and Promises Rewards to Those Who Overcome, Rev. 2:5, 7 (2:11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 19).

 

V.  JESUS IS IN THE CHRISTIANíS HEART AND LIFE, Col. 1:27.

  A.  Christ Dwells in Our Hearts by Faith, Eph. 3:17.

    1.  Word of Christ in heart, Col. 3:16 (Heb. 8:10).

    2.  Live by faith, Gal. 2:20.

    3.  By keeping His word, John 14:23 (21).

    4.  How we know we are in Him, 1 John 2:5-6.

  B.  The Spirit of Christ Dwells in Us, Rom. 8:9-11. (fellowship)

    1.  Spirit of God/Christ in you Ė Christ in you (9-10).

    2.  When we are led by the Spirit (8:14); Walk according to the Spirit (8:1), subject to His will (gospel, 8:5-8).

 

VI.  WHERE WILL JESUS BE?

  A.  Return on the Throne of His Glory to Judge the World, Matt. 25:31; 2 Cor. 5:10 (2 Thess. 1:7-8).

 

Conclusion

1.  We know where Jesus has been, where He is now, and where He will be in the future.

2.  The question is: Will you honor and worship Him like those wise men of old by following Him? Or will you deny Him from your life?

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted December 21, 2021